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Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?
Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents are encouraged to weigh in on plans to handle county roads Tuesday, July 23.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last week, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

  • Maintaining the status quo.
  • Dissolving the Ottawa County Road Commission and transferring all duties to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Preserve the road commission with the understanding it must perform certain tasks laid out in the report, including curbing benefit and legacy costs.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners will vote on the options August 13.  County officials will hold public forums July 23 and August 13 at 1:30 p.m., during the Board of Commissioners meeting.  The hearings will take place at the administration building, located at 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Residents who cannot attend either forum can weigh in on the proposals by filling out a county survey here.

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